Oh sure the above video might make you reach for a cheap #deblasiosnewyork joke or even decry the state of our gross subway cars. But we prefer to take comfort in the scene, and see it as a great equalizer and flattening out of privilege. Black or white, gay or straight, rich, poor or somewhere in between: when the subway rat comes for you, you too will become a quivering screaming mess trying desperately to claw your way out of a speeding metal tube. And isn’t that what New York is really about, when you stop and think?
Loud and ephemeral, the folding subway seat is far from beloved. Only tangentially related, check out this deck of subway-themed Pokemon cards.
Serious pro tip: MetroCard insurance is a thing, and it's free, and you should use it if you lose your (unlimited) card.
Take hope from paid advertising. Also, if straphangers could ride through the '80s, we can ride through this decade.